Sunday, January 05, 2020

Mailvox: a prediction

A radio host who shall remain nameless was kind enough to make the following prediction for 2021 after reading the 2019 traffic report:
I draw much joy in observing your growth over the years and I take great satisfaction that I discovered you early on and knew you had a voice that needed to be heard. Your next leg up, another doubling of your traffic, will begin to occur in 2021. When the Fed-managed economy runs aground and a host of conflicts break out, the demand for insight will grow again.
While it would certainly be impressive to hit five million monthly pageviews, I'm perfectly content with where we are now. Regardless, I am very appreciative of those few in the media who have taken the trouble and the risk to support and encourage me over the last 20 years. While it is known that I do not forget those who have attacked me and mine, it is equally true that I do not forget those who have assisted me.

Always respect your predecessors. Theirs are the shoulders on which you stand.

On a tangential note, some readers have lamented the way in which I am increasingly disinclined to reveal my thoughts, ideas, and inspirations on this blog or in public discussions. This comment at the Unz Review underlines why I no longer talk to either the media or the new media, and why I ignore the vast majority of questions directed at me:
After disagreeing on a couple of points in this article (civilly, of course) on social media and having a conversation with one of Philip’s connections, who was in the process of providing some data to change my mind, Philip sadly decided to block me. I like a lot of what Philip writes, and it is indeed unfortunate that we can’t even have a civil debate without a couple of people jumping in with foolish personal attacks and then Philip, who is most times a reasonable man, deciding to block a longtime connection over a political disagreement, especially when that person was in the process of asking questions and receiving answers. A sad sign of our times.
But when did Philip ever declare that he was seeking a civil debate, let alone one with the commenter? At some point in recent years, people began to mistake accessibility for accountability, and assume that because a writer permitted comments on his work, he was seeking constructive criticism of it. Rest assured, this is almost never true. As a general rule, one very good way to ensure that your email address joins the spam file is to respond to any answer you receive with an immediate follow-up question.

I now attempt to avoid stating anything in public that I do not feel able to prove to the satisfaction of a dubious neutral. Because everything that I say and write is subject to relentless examination and highly-critical analysis, I try to avoid expressing an opinion on anything I cannot conclusively substantiate. The problem is not so much with the analyses themselves, but the way that, no matter how flawed they may be, they are inevitably used as the bases for attempted deplatformings, discreditings, disqualifyings, and even disemployment on the part of anklebiters on the Right and ideological enemies on the Left.

So, with a very small number of exceptions that mostly involve Castalia House authors and Unauthorized creators, I no longer talk to the media or the new media, I no longer talk publicly about our intentions, and I no longer tell anyone what is happening on the legal front until it becomes part of the public record. I previously tried to distinguish between a) talking about myself and b) talking about some organization or project with which I am involved, but in addition to leading to ridiculous accusations of inconsistency, I saw people trying to use (b) as a substitute for (a).

So, don't bother asking if I will talk to X or get Y on Unauthorized or publish Z with Castalia. The answer is always and inevitably NO. It's mildly amusing to see how stroppy some journalists and YouTubers now get when I tell them no, I will not talk to them about anything, now or in the future. That's the advantage of building our own platforms. We simply don't need anyone else's anymore.

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Blogger Mauldication Bear January 05, 2020 9:43 AM  

We all appreciate you, Vox. I have no doubt time will only prove your work to be of even more value and in demand.

Blogger SDH January 05, 2020 9:45 AM  

2008 made me a daily reader.

Blogger Harambe January 05, 2020 9:58 AM  

Five million page view? Just imagine how much ad revenue you could generate if you allowed those celebrity foot picture sites to advertise here again!

Blogger Timmy3 January 05, 2020 10:26 AM  

People don’t know the difference between a discussion and a debate, and facts and opinions. A discussion will always not end well. No one needs endless follow-up questions.

Blogger David Ray Milton January 05, 2020 10:28 AM  

I seem to recall from the other day that your viewership made a huge jump in 2017, not 2016 like I would have expected during the election. I suppose 2021 would be an accurate prediction then for a big jump. I guess that people remain steadfast during the election cycle, and then once the victors are revealed, hungry minds seek wisdom to figure out just what the hell happened.

If Trumpslide 2020 is likely, there will be many hungry minds trying to figure out the new landscape that you’ve helped bring about.

Blogger Doktor Jeep January 05, 2020 10:33 AM  

Having seen countless debates over 911, eventually it became obvious that most people debating online have already drawn a conclusion. What they are really doing is trolling. Trolling with debate to the point of creating a Month Python Dead Parrot skit. Endless questions then more questions based on the minutia of every answer....down to even why you put a comma after one word but not the other... Is trolling.
I have seen this on so-called patriot forums where feds and shills - but probably mostly nutjobs - played.
By around 2004 I decided not to debate anything that could not be proven. And a rider persists on that: most people are a waste of time trying to prove anything to.
The thing that forces us into this morass is democracy. We have to worry about what other people think because their stupidity is weaponized by universal suffrage. And that stupidity was an intentional project.

Blogger Ray - SoCal January 05, 2020 10:43 AM  

Your advice on dealing with the press / media is just basic reputation protection.

Anything public you say, write etc can be, and will be used against you. There are sjw’s combing through it looking for levers to use against you. Taking items out of context is just standard operating procedures for them, and they don’t care about fairness. And with you being involved in multiple current and potential multiple legal actions this is just 2X common sense.

And great advice for everyone, to avoid SJW actions that hurt them, in the current cancel / mob culture we live in.

Blogger Franz Lyonheart January 05, 2020 10:45 AM  

@1, +1.

@2, #me 2.

Blogger JAU January 05, 2020 11:00 AM  

You can tell us, Vox, the radio host is Michael Medved right?

Blogger Al K. Annossow January 05, 2020 11:18 AM  

Next thing you know, you'll have people in public grabbing you by the hand to pull you over to them for an impromptu discussion and you'll have to slap their hand to get away. btw I approve of the slapping, literally and figuratively.

Blogger megabar January 05, 2020 11:37 AM  

So many things in life are made difficult because humans don't have a way to reliably determine the competence, goals, and good faith intent of others.

And so, in business, companies hire people who appear bright and useful, but in reality are self-interested climbers who don't actually share the same goals.

In theory, a blog writer could have productive discussions with commentors who are interested in the topic, understand the material written, seek to engage in good faith, and understand that engagement is not a right.

But there is no easy way to determine that group of people.

Blogger Elder Son January 05, 2020 12:02 PM  

Good News: Qasim Soleimani, Dead as Dead can be

"We also should quietly, once the current cloud of dust settles, tell the clowns in Baghdad that we are leaving. They are not worth the life a single American."

Blogger JAG January 05, 2020 12:21 PM  

I found this place when I became leader of GamerGate. Been reading ever since. Congrats on the continued growth.

Blogger pdwalker January 05, 2020 12:21 PM  

I suspect that the biblical Job could have taken a few lessons and examples from VD.

That said, i can’t wait to read about the successes that become part of the public record.

Blogger Steve Samson January 05, 2020 1:00 PM  

Vox, by being an unapologetic Christian in the public space you have done me a massive service and the things you do both behind the scenes and in public continue to do great good.

I don't need to read a dozen interviews in a dozen places to appreciate it. If you need to be a bit less public in future, so be it. You'll be appreciated nonetheless.

Blogger VFM #7634 January 05, 2020 1:12 PM  

I'd have to agree with the e-mailer, that traffic will go up later this year or next. These past two years were statistical consolidations, taking a break from the growth from Rabid Puppies and Gamergate.

Blogger Angela January 05, 2020 1:16 PM  

It's definitely a case of "don't confuse me with the facts, my mind's already made up."

Blogger Charlie the Chaste January 05, 2020 2:48 PM  

The entitled cannot handle a simple "no".

Blogger RandyB January 05, 2020 2:59 PM  

With all the conversation around the SSH in general, and gammas in particular, that takes place here, it is easy to forget or overlook that VD is not, and has never claimed to be, an alpha. He is clear that he recognizes that he is a sigma. Go ye therefore and learn the difference, that ye may understand the SDL and gainsay him not.

Blogger Balkan Yankee January 05, 2020 3:41 PM  

You would not know it because you do not know me, but the knowledge and wisdom I have gained from this blog have helped make me a better man today than the man I was years ago when I first visited VP. Strategically, rhetorically, and spiritually, my Game is light years ahead of where it was, and for that, I am grateful to you, SDL.

Blogger Raker_T January 05, 2020 4:27 PM  

"I suspect that the biblical Job could have taken a few lessons and examples from VD."
My hearty laughter was abruptly interrupted when I realized who has contributed to that situation. Oh well, as usual, awesome blog, and other stuff.

Blogger Sargent.matrim January 05, 2020 5:00 PM  

Can understand that reticence totally. The numerous attacks and approaches you get as a public figure would be tiresome.

Blogger rcocean January 05, 2020 5:05 PM  

There's nothing more gamma than "I was just asking questions!" or "Why can't we have a conversation?" Always the fake pose of good intentions and intellectual curiosity, when its just some "clever" subversive Gamma trying to make a target look bad.

Blogger Andy'scurious January 05, 2020 7:23 PM  

Probably means very little .
I'm grateful to read your perspectives, very grateful for the comment section and have always counted on your opinion to be worthy of consideration.
Thanks for all you do .
In short ,you have my shield, my sword and my gratitude
A dagger cractpipe hercum

Blogger JovianStorm January 05, 2020 7:26 PM  

Commenting has turned everyone into attention seekers.

The ability to say nothing is the greatest strength.

Blogger Greg Hunt January 05, 2020 8:26 PM  

I sought out VD after reading Sarah Hoyt's article about how awful it was that awful VD and the awful rabid puppies destroyed the Hugo awards, which were not destroyed at all before awful VD destroyed them.

Conservatives lose everything, always. Here was a guy who was apparently winning so hard the gatekeepers were left sputtering incoherent nonsense.

Been appreciating this site since then.

Blogger Macs January 05, 2020 9:23 PM  

It might be helpful to have a comment box, i.e. alternate email for suggestions about and such. Put the bulk of the comment in the subject line for easy scanning.

Blogger Kiwi January 05, 2020 9:54 PM  

I wonder if this is one reason why people, who are clearly capable scientific writers, move into fiction. Writing fiction would obviously be hard with all the word pictures and linguistic devices required to keep readers attention, but it must be freer in other regards because you can cloak your thoughts in fantasy, even the real crazy ones! It's just a story after all.

One example that comes to mind is Waldon Two. Unfortunately, Skinner could not make the story anything but loooooong winded and boooooring!
Ironic when behavioural scientists don't apply behavioural science to their own public speaking or book writing.

I cry at how crazy good it could have been.

Blogger Tomato bear January 06, 2020 1:03 AM  

Came along with OB after JBP revealed himself. Vox shares genuine insight that is extreme practical and helpful. Not to mention the patience he had shown to recovering gammas despite his open bushing of them is why I stayed.

Vox, thanks.

Blogger Yukichi Sensei January 06, 2020 2:18 AM  

This seems perfectly reasonable. Enforcing standards is a big reason I started reading your blog.

The internet has helped the explosion of people who feel that they have valid opinions, and one must be forced to listen to. At least in real life, when I read papers, I am being paid for it. And even then, the students must conform to my standards. Ignoring the standards in a classroom hurts the students, not the teacher.

A thinkers blog should be no different.

Blogger FidelNaidoo January 06, 2020 3:06 AM  

So, Vox, will you talk with X, or get Y on, or publish Z ? :-)

Blogger Freddy Sea January 06, 2020 11:58 AM  

> "Always respect your predecessors. Theirs are the shoulders on which you stand."

I really like this. It's far too easy to not appreciate the constants you grow up with. Gratitude for those who came before is so important.

I can see why you are much more private with your thoughts and plans. I appreciate seeing how you come to the solutions you come to (though that sounds presumptuous since I am only seeing bits and pieces). Seeing the process of good decision making helps in learning how to make good decisions.

Thanks again for what you share.

Blogger Andrew Brown January 06, 2020 1:23 PM  

You've helped me more than you know Vox.

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